CheekyMagpie

A unique mix of crafts, nature, homeschooling…life.

from book to bloom

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I started collecting books to use the pages a few years ago. It started with a child’s dictionary that had some wonderful plates of insects, butterflies and birds. Many of the pages were torn or folded so there was no threat of ever using it as a book again, per say. Then I began gathering books that had a great title page or a nice thick paper. I also have an old merck manual in the stash for the great anatomical images. I’ve managed to contain myself pretty well and only really have a few for these sorts of elements. I love having them at hand for whatever my heart desires. These flowers were born out of their pages.

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Start by cutting some pages down to a small strip about 3-4 inches long. The longer the strip, the bigger the flower will be.

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Apple blossoms have five petals, so cut 5 equal size notches. Do not cut all of the way down or even very far down. It is easier to cut more than less, you know.

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Now that you have your five “petals” you need to give them some shape. Round them sightly with your trusty scissors.

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Using a stylus tools and a soft pad (I use an old mousepad), gently roll the stylus in circles on each of the petals. This will force them to curl up like real petals.

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See?

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Use some chalk to lightly color the petals.

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Take a short length of pipe cleaner and fold the tip over. This creates a little stop for the flowers but will also give them a finished look.

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Start to gently roll the length of petal around your little nub. Try and stagger the petals, if you can.

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And keep going until it’s all wrapped around.

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Then fasten the petals down with a length of coordinating wire.

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Twist it closed tight and cut that puppy.

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Peel each of the petals open starting with the outside and going around in order. Be careful not to tear them. They are brand spanking new and tender.

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Add them to a stem of the other flowers.

Enjoy!

One Comment

  1. michelle

    Beautiful! Will definitely have to try this – thanks!

    BTW – Package of ‘crap’ has been received by my mom. Can’t wait to get back to Canada to check it all out! Thanks again!